A weather guide to Asia’s main tourist hotspots
Asia is a beautiful continent. That’s a fact!
Home to an array of interesting and culturally-diverse countries, Asia is also an unpredictable continent when it comes to climate and weather, as we’ve witnessed in 2011 with the natural disasters that have reaped havoc and caused such damage and devastation in Japan and Thailand.
Planning ahead is vital if you want to visit Asia as there are certain times of the year when it’s advisable to visit and when you should really stay away. The following should act as a general guide about the best times to head to the likes of Hong Kong and Malaysia and it’s also advisable to invest in worldwide travel insurance just to further protect against the unpredictability of global travel.
Visitors to Hong Kong can look forward to cool winters that are mainly dry and wet summers that tend to be hot. The sub-tropical climate in Hong Kong means temperatures in summer comfortably reach just over 30 degrees Celsius on a consistent basis compared to just under 30 in spring and autumn and can be anything between 14 and 20 throughout the winter months.
Make no mistake about it – Indian summers are hot and humid. If you struggle to cope when the temperature starts to rise then it’s probably wiser to give India a miss during June, July and August. Conditions in north-east India during this time tend to be too wet as well. Wait until any time between October and February to visit India and you should find it a much more pleasant experience.
Temperatures in the summer months in Japan may creep up into the early 30s, but by and large it doesn’t traditionally tend to get swelteringly hot. Winter sees temperatures stay above five degrees in all but the most northerly regions and rainy season runs between June and mid-July. Summers are hot and humid.
Rainy seasons in Malaysia effect different parts of the country at different times of the year. Destinations on the east coast and on islands like Tioman Island and Redang are hampered by monsoons from November to January, Sabah gets them between May and November and the state of Sarawak on Borneo is hit with a deluge of rain between October and March.
Monsoons tend to occur in Thailand from May to October and the southern parts of the country tend to prove particularly popular with visitors in general as the temperature is much more comfortable. Northern Thailand is hindered by extreme heat and temperatures in Thailand reach well in excess of above 34 degrees between April and June.